d.1510 Church of the Virgin Mary,Henley on Thames,Oxfordshire,England
Margaret Forest Woodlief
*Drewe Woodlief b.1562
Edmund Woodlief b.1565
Griffin Woodlief b.1566
Thomas Woodlief b.1570
b.1562 Peterley Manor,Buckinghamshire,England
Married:30 Nov 1581 Ayelsbury,Buckinghamshire,England
Katherine Duncombe (more on Duncombe family page)
b.abt 1565 England
*John Woodlief b.1584
Mary Woodlief b.3 Mar 1582/1583
Married:01 May 1609 Steventon,Berkshirem,England
*John Woodlief b.1614
*Edward Woodlief b.1652
d.1718 Prince George County,Virginia
Married:12 Jun 1690
*Sarah Woodlief b.1694
*More on Richard Pace on the Pace Family page
NOTES ON GEORGE WOODLIEF:
George Woodlief (1646- before 1701), m. Elizabeth Wallace: Mary, m.-- Carter (d. before 1726). In 1690 George Woodliffe
was granted 600 acres for transporting 12 persons, including Sarah Pollard (who married his brother Edward). In 1695 he and
neighbors each killed 200 wolves. In 1701 his widow Elizabeth inherited a share of 930 acres in Charles City and is recorded
as owning 844 acres in 1704. She was the daughter of James and Joan Wallas (Wallace).
Notes for DREWE WOODLIEF:
Drewe was son and heir in 1596. However, after his father's death, the widowed Anne Woodlief and her son Drewe were taken
to court by Ingram Frizer. Frizer had defrauded Drew of great deal of money. Frizer offered connon which he had on Tower Hill
as payment but he did not deliver on this deal either. Then Frizer claimed that Anne and Drew were "outlawed in a plea
of debt" as of June 1598.( Of course their debt was due to Frizers defraudment against them.) Thus Frizer never had to
make payment. On April 30, 1596 the Woodlief's had sold Frizer two houses and 30 acres of land in Great and Little Missenden.
They never received payment for this sale and Frizer had already sold them to William Barton. This may explain why Drewes
son John chose to seek his fortune in America. For there was no inherintance left at Peterly Manor.
Notes for JOHN WOODLIEF:
*Sailed from Bristol, England on ship "Margaret".
Captain John Woodlief (Woodliffe) was with the Jamestown settlers in 1609- the Second Charter of the Virginia Company
of London. He later returned to England to bring other colonists as well as his wife and family to Virginia. Again he returned
to England and in 1619, Woodlief, as captain and governor, sailed from Bristol on the good ship Margaret. He returned with
about 40 more settlers to Berkely Hundred along Virginia's James River.
The Virginia Thanksgiving was essentially a prayer service. The very first in the list of written instructions to Woodlief
as captain stated: "Wee ordaine that the day of our ships arrivall at the place assigned for the plantacon in the land
of Viginia shall be yearly and perpetualy keept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God."
In 1963, U.S. President John F. Kennedy issued a proclamation recognizing Virginia's claim to be the first Thanksgiving in
I have no birth date for him but he was baptized December 27, 1584 at Dinton.
The FIRST Thanksgiving was held 1619 in VIRGINIA, led by our own CAPT JOHN WOODLIEF of Peterly Manor, nr Prestwood, Gr
Missenden, Bucks, Engl.
Thanksgiving at Berkley Plantation.
Despite the popular conception that New Englanders held the first Thanksgiving, the first Thanksgiving in English-speaking
America actually took place in Virginia - more than a year before the Mayflower set sail for Plymouth.
Massachusetts-native President John F. Kennedy acknowledged Virginia's claim in his official Thanksgiving Day Proclamation
for 1963 - less than three weeks before his death; and 100 years before that, President Abraham Lincoln, who visited Berkeley
once, also acknowledged Virginia's first-Thanksgiving claim. To this day, Virginia continues to commemorate its noteworthy
event the first Sunday each November at Berkeley Plantation, the original Thanksgiving site.
The First Thanksgiving at Berkeley
History records that the first Thanksgiving occurred when Captain John Woodlief - a veteran of Jamestown who had survived
its "starving time" of 1608 and 1609 - led his crew and passengers from their ship to a grassy slope along the James
River for the New World's first Thanksgiving service on Dec. 4, 1619. There, the English colonists dropped to their knees
and prayed as the British company expedition sponsor had instructed.
Today, on the site where Woodlief knelt, a brick gazebo contains the following inscribed words: "Wee ordaine that
the day of our ships arrival at the place assigned for plantacon in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually kept
holy as a day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God."
Each year, visitors to Berkeley on Nov. 1 can witness the reading of a proclamation - commemorating Berkeley's first Thanksgiving
379 years ago - at 2 p.m. In addition, a traditional Thanksgiving meal will be served to patrons at the Coach House Tavern.
Visitors to Berkeley any time of year won't want to miss touring the grounds, gardens and the three-story manor house
to learn other interesting Berkeley facts. For example, Berkeley stakes a claim as the site of the first distillation of bourbon
whiskey in America, when Episcopal missionary George Thorpe produced the beverage and declared it "much better than British
The brick home, built in 1726 and among the earliest of the Georgian plantation dwellings, has a number of presidential
connections. Berkeley is the birthplace of a signer of the Declaration of Independence and of ninth U.S. President William
Henry Harrison and the ancestral home of 23rd U.S. President Benjamin Harrison. In earlier days - and as one of the James
River plantations that became the focal point of colonial Virginia's economic, cultural and social life - Berkeley hosted
more than 10 presidents including George Washington.
Lincoln, the first president to designate a November Thursday as Thanksgiving Day, visited Berkeley on July 8, 1862, to
confer with Union General George McClellan, headquartered in the mansion. That same summer, Berkeley garnered another first
when Union General Daniel A. Butterfield composed the "Taps" melody, customarily used as a "lights out"
bugle call, while camped on the grounds.